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The song is about one of Jamaica's best singers. Dennis Brown was called "the Crown Prince of Reggae" by Bob Marley, a title he richly deserved. After returning to Kingston, Jamaica, on the evening of June 30, 1999, he was rushed to Kingston's University Hospital, suffering from cardiac arrest. Brown died the next day, and the official cause of his death was a collapsed lung, although his cocaine habit was considered a contributing factor.

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  • Avatar for southstarmusic
    what a great sad song :)
  • Avatar for monsterpop
    it took all the coke in town.
  • Avatar for TheOnlyRoc
    Didn't expect a song for Dennis Brown by the Mountain Goats
  • Avatar for DarkAndOminous
    He says that first line so casually. Sends shivers up my spine.
  • Avatar for rhinowing
    "and when the birds come home to roost, we will fill them with buckshot" top 5 darnielle lyric
  • Avatar for amandacattt
    it's not gonna be much different.
  • Avatar for HaganEnvy
    I love the way he says "choir." Breathtaking.
  • Avatar for sifelltneytandi
    Neither. A good song, nonetheless.
  • Avatar for Murky_Waters
    Best song ever? or best song ever?


On the day that Dennis Brown's lung collapsed
Spring rain was misting down on Kingston
And down at the harbor, local cops were intercepting an inbound shipment
And for a while there it was chaos

The Mountain Goats - Song for Dennis Brown Lyrics



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